27 March 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Eve’s Bayou helmer Kasi Lemmons has been set to adapt and direct On Beauty, based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Zadie Smith. The film will be developed as a coproduction between Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4. The book is an academic comedy of manners, focusing on the story of two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. It’s been called a modern day Howards End, which was an inspiration for the author. Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits of Ruby Films are producing with Carol Polakoff. Lemmons, who started as an actress (she played Clarice Starling’s classmate at the FBI Academy in The Silence of the Lambs) and has also directed Talk To Me with Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejoifor, and The Caveman’s Valentine with Samuel L. Jackson. She’s developing at Fox Searchlight an adapatation of Langston Hughes »


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